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Karamajong Children at a LWF water well filling containers. Many of the children had walked several miles to fetch water. Karamajong of Karamoja, Uganda 1980's photo by photographer Paul E Williams.

The Karamojong or Karimojong are an African tribal of people from the Nilotic ethnic group. They live in north east Uganda as where their main livelihood of the men is herding cattle whilst the women grow crops. “ I made these photos of the Karamajong in the late 1980’s when Uganda was still rebuilding after the terror rule of Idi Amin. I visited Karamoja with the LWF development teams that were drilling water holes for the Karamajong. At the time Karamoja was a remote area which the Ugandan government had little control over so I was very much there because the Karamajoong allowed it. They were still living in tribal village compound in mud huts with thatched roofs. At the centre of the compound was a big oval open area around which the family huts were arranged. The whole village was surrounded by a cut very thorny acacia branches intertwined to form an impenetrable barrier to wild animals. At night the cattle that the Karamajong lived from were herded into the coral at the centre of the village. Their diet was cows blood supplemented with grains like sorghum and their way of life had probably not changed for thousands of years. In short I was being privileged a view of how my very distant ancestors probably lived. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of ancient Africa and the Karamajong, a wonderfully hospitable and inquisitive people who I thank most humbly for allowing me to be with them for a short while.” Paul E Williams.

Photographed on Kodak 120 Trix on a Mamiya 6x7
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Karamajong Children at a LWF water well filling containers. Many of the children had walked several miles to fetch water. Karamajong of Karamoja, Uganda 1980's photo by photographer Paul E Williams.<br />
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The Karamojong or Karimojong are an African tribal of people from the Nilotic ethnic group. They live in north east Uganda as where their main livelihood of the men is herding cattle whilst the women grow crops. “ I made these photos of the Karamajong in the late 1980’s when Uganda was still rebuilding after the terror rule of Idi Amin. I visited Karamoja with the LWF development teams that were drilling water holes for the Karamajong. At the time Karamoja was a remote area which the Ugandan government had little control over so I was very much there because the Karamajoong allowed it. They were still living in tribal village compound in mud huts with thatched roofs. At the centre of the compound was a big oval open area around which the family huts were arranged. The whole village was surrounded by a cut very thorny acacia branches intertwined to form an impenetrable barrier to wild animals. At night the cattle that the Karamajong lived from were herded into the coral at the centre of the village. Their diet was cows blood supplemented with grains like sorghum and their way of life had probably not changed for thousands of years. In short I was being privileged a view of how my very distant ancestors probably lived. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of ancient Africa and the Karamajong, a wonderfully hospitable and inquisitive people who I thank most humbly for allowing me to be with them for a short while.” Paul E Williams.<br />
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Photographed on Kodak 120 Trix on a Mamiya 6x7